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The Primary Comprehension Toolkit, Second Edition, Classroom Bundle

The Classroom Bundle for The Primary Comprehension Toolkit, second edition has everything needed to implement The Primary Comprehension Toolkit, second edition for grades K-2 – the strategy and lesson books, the Teacher’s Guide, the short nonfiction texts, and the online resources all included in the Toolkit – plus the 16 engaging books selected by the authors and used in the Toolkit lessons.


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The Classroom Bundle for The Primary Comprehension Toolkit, second edition has everything needed to implement The Primary Comprehension Toolkit, second edition for grades K-2 – the strategy and lesson books, the Teacher’s Guide, the short nonfiction texts, and the online resources all included in the Toolkit – plus the 16 engaging books selected by the authors and used in the Toolkit lessons.

Titles include:

The Primary Comprehension Toolkit Trade Book Pack:

  • Antarctica by Helen Cowcher (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1990)
  • The Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola (The Putnam & Grosset Group, 1989)
  • Biggest, Strongest, Fastest by Steve Jenkins (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1995)
  • The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry (Harcourt, Inc., 1990)
  • Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield (HarperCollins Publishers, 1978)
  • Insects by Robin Bernard (National Geographic Society, 1999)
  • Patches Lost and Found by Steven Kroll (Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books, 2001)
  • Recess at 20 Below by Cindy Lou Aillaud (Alaska Northwest Books, 2005)
  • Tornado by Catherine Chambers (Heinemann Library, 2002)

Trade books to support Content Literacy lessons:

  • Frog or Toad? How Do You Know? (Enslow Publishers, Inc.)
  • Make a Difference (National Geographic Ladders series)
  • Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Disney Book Group)
  • Plants Eat Insects, a How & Why series (Creative Teaching Press)
  • Snowflake Bentley (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • The Peace Book (Little Brown and Company)
  • What Do You Do When Something Wants to Eat You? (HMH Books for Young Readers)

The Comprehension Toolkit Series from Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis (available in K-2 and 3-6 sets) has all of the language, teaching moves, and re-usable resources to build students’ reading comprehension in ways that are visible and audible and helps to show evidence of developing students’ thinking over time.

As an active literacy learning framework, The Comprehension Toolkit can be implemented as part of a literacy block or within a curriculum lesson such as science and history.  Additionally, this supplemental resource is designed to support every instructional setting including whole group, ELL support, small group, independent practice, intervention, summer school – as well as resources for PLCs.


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Companion Resources

ELAR Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Correlation

Spanish Texts

To help teachers support their youngest ELL students, we are pleased to offer Spanish versions of the Nonfiction Short Texts featured in Keep Reading! A Source Book of Short Text. These Spanish articles are exact translations of the 39 short informational articles specially written for the Primary Toolkit. Geared to kindergarten and first- and second-grade learners, these Spanish texts are packed with the same illustrations, photographs, maps, charts, and other nonfiction features as the original articles. These full-color Spanish texts are ideal for making transparencies or printing for your students.


Watch Me Grow!/¡Mirame crecer!: Clear photos and numbered captions trace the lifecycle of a chicken from egg to adult. A follow-up page shows other animals that hatch from eggs.

The Bald Eagle/El águila calva: Take a closer look at the mighty eagle in real-life photographs with informative labels and captions.

The Grizzly Bear/El oso pardo: This article combines rich, descriptive text with detailed photos to tell about the great grizzly bear.

The Three Goats/Las tres cabras: Narrative text and adorable photos tell the story of three little goats.

Our Class Pets!/¡Las mascotas de nuestra clase!: In this introduction to graphs, learn from simple charts, pictographs, and Venn diagrams. Then record your own data about pets.


Footprints in the Forest/Huellas en el bosque: Action photos and tracks show how animals' feet help them move.

Symmetry in Nature/Simetría en la naturaleza: Explore the lines of symmetry of plants, insects, and animals. Then draw the missing half of a butterfly.

Don't Trash the Earth! Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle/¡No ensucies la Tierra! Reduzca, reutilice, y recicle: Bulleted lists tell simple ways that all children can help save the Earth.


Sensing the Seasons/Sentir las estaciones: Lyrical text and colorful illustrations capture the changing seasons through the senses.

Where in the United States Do Tornadoes Mostly Happen?/¿Dónde ocurren la mayoría de los tornados en los Estados Unidos?: An exciting photo and U.S. map show where tornadoes most often happen.

What's the Weather Out There?/¿Como està el tiempo?: Clouds, snowflakes, and rainbows. This interview with a meteorologist answers a few common questions about the weather.


Families: The Things We Do Together/Las familias: las cosas que hacemos juntos: Use engaging photos of different families as cues to read simple labels and talk about things families do together.

My Neighborhood/Mi barrio: This charming poem and colorful map picture a neighborhood through a child's eyes.

We Take Care of Our Pet/Cuidamos nuestra mascota: With photos and simple text, two children introduce their pet guinea pig and tell how they care for him.

Who Lives in the Zoo?/¿Quién vive en el zoológico?: Colorful photos answer simple patterned questions in this article for beginning readers.

Where Do We Live?/¿Dónde vivimos?: Compare different types of houses through clear photographs and simple labels.

Community Helpers/Ayudantes de la comunidad: Photos and simple text tell how people in our community help us every day.

A New Home/Una nueva casa: Join us at the construction site and watch as a new house is built.

Carpenter/Carpintero: Take a closer look at carpenters at work through action photos and close-ups of tools.

Off to School/¡Listos para la escuela!: Watch one child prepare for his day. Numbered captions and engaging photos show the sequence of his morning routine.


Ask the Farmer!/¡Pregunta al granjero!: In question and answer format, a farmer tells about life on the farm.

Tractor/Tractor: Learn the parts of a tractor with this vivid photograph with labels.

The Country and The City/El camp y la ciudad: A detailed farm scene presents concepts and words about the country. A second scene of a busy intersection shows life in the city. A corresponding picture dictionary labels drawings of key items in both country and city scenes.


Postcards from the Desert Museum/Tarjetas postales del Museo del Desierto: Learn about the wonders of the desert through postcards from a grandmother to her grandkids as she explores a desert museum.

Prairie Dog Homes/Albergues para los perritos de la pradera: Take a peek underground at life in a burrow with a clear cross-section diagram and explanatory text.

Dear Aunt Pat/Estimada Tía Pat: A thank-you letter and photos recall a visit to Washington, D.C.


Counting Fruit Salad/Contar la ensalada de fruta: One bowl, two plums, and three strawberries. Count your way to a fruit salad with photos and illustrations.

Make a Sandwich!/¡Haz un bocadillo!: Make your own peanut butter and jelly sandwich-with a twist! Photos and simple text show the sequence.

What Time Is It?/¿Qué hora es?: Practice reading analog and digital clocks with clues from photos of children at different times of the day.

Celebrations Timeline/Linea de tiempo de fiestas: Follow the year in this circular timeline of celebrations we share as a nation.

Old and New/Viejo y nuevo: Compare transportation from the past and present through photos of bicycles, automobiles, planes, and trains.


Meet Eric Carle/Conoce a Eric Carle: Meet the famous author/illustrator in this simple biography.

I Like Art!/¡Me gusta el arte!: Crayons, markers, glue stick, and paint! This simple poem describes the joy of creating art for a friend.

A Stick Puppet Play/Una obra de títeres de palitos: Stick puppets perform a "play" with a clever ending. A follow-up page gives directions for making your own stick puppet. Coming soon!

Totem Poles, Family Stories/Tótemes, cuentos familiares: Learn how American Indians celebrate and share their family stories by carving totem poles.


Kids at Play/Niños jugando: Compare the ways kids play through real-life photographs and simple labels.

Having a Ball Playing Soccer/Tengo una pelota juego al fútbol: Run, pass, kick, score! Join a girl and her soccer team as they practice teamwork, soccer skills, and making friends.

Let's Go Hiking!/¡Vayamos de excursión!: In engaging text and colorful photos, families enjoy hiking in the great outdoors.

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